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The Changing Colors of Fall October 19, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Humor, Nature.
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Aah . . . the changing colors and crisp cool days of fall.  The cold has not yet grown old and plunging temps have not taken their toll.

After picking apples, carving pumpkins, and crunching through fallen leaves,  fall-loving friends stockpile firewood to chase away the chill wintry air.

Fall often seems too short a season ~ a quick dash between the scorch of summer and the arctic blast of winter.  As hot summer days turn cold and blustery, we swap swimsuits for snowsuits and beach towels for cozy afghans.

Spirits droop as falling leaves and temps race to . . . fall farthest fastest.

Those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) experience a resurgence of symptoms:

Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year. If you’re like most people with seasonal affective disorder, your symptoms start in the fall and may continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, seasonal affective disorder causes depression in the spring or early summer. (Mayo Clinic Staff)

Shorter days may mean short fuses ~ waning sunlight leads to short-tempers, especially for those with anger management issues . . . like Helda the Witch!

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How far do you fall each fall?

Related posts:  Hiking Humpback Rock (Water Witch) * The Colors and Sounds of Autumn (Christine Grote) * The Other Side of Autumn (Woman Wielding Words) * Ready When You Are, C.B. (Reflections From A Cloudy Mirror) * A Walk in the Park (Next Stop)

The Story of Broke Teaser October 19, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Mindfulness, People, Sustainable Living.
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Dollar-BillsFrom The Story of Broke:

The United States isn’t broke; we are the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well.  But the truth is, our economy is broken, producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country.

In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working.

But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money.

The Story of Broke calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment.

It’s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let’s build it better.

Related posts:  The Better World Handbook * Crises of CapitalismJail Wall Street Crooks!The Story of Broke * Musings: We Are The 99% (Mirth & Motivation) * Why Occupy Wall Street is a Must